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The Mosquito Coast New Ed Edition
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The story, told from the point of view of his initially adoring (and fearful) son, follows the decline in the family's fortunes until it is clear that it is the father himself who is their real enemy. A tragic and deeply moving tale, this book stays in the mind - not always pleasantly - long after it has been read.
Obviously like so many, the book was scanned to obtain its digital format. Ostensibly there was no proofreading done after that which considering the many "typos" and transposed characters in words is inexcusable. EX: The capital letter I is often the number 1, The ship's name alternates between Unicorn and Unicom, the list goes on. Now this wouldn't be as big a deal if the writer hadn't written the dialect of some of the characters. EX: experiment=spearmint so as you read along you are baffled by a sentence sometimes which stops you in your tracks while you try to figure out what the author really meant and sometimes you wonder of the dialect is a typo etc. All and all a good book but just wanted to warn those Kindle users who might become a bit irritated by it and would prefer to buy the hard print.
Some readers may be greatly off-put by Allie and his behavior; however, he is undeniably a magnetic and fascinating force. Fortunately, the book is narrated from the point-of-view of the teenaged son, Charlie, which allows the reader some distance from the sometimes repugnant Allie. Other readers may be disappointed by Allie's wife. She plays a relatively small role in the proceedings, and she seems to blindly go along with Allie, even when she suspects detrimental effects on her family. However, a man like Allie probably would be married to such a woman, as he likes to be in charge and assert himself on others strongly.
Overall, the Mosquito Coast is a one-of-a-kind literary experience, with a fantastic main character embedded in a rollicking-good story. Most highly recommended.
I thought all these things were virtues before I picked up this book. What Theroux shows is that there is a human cost to genius--Allie's quest to perfect his work leads him to destroy everyone and everything around him. Self-reliance and authenticity sometimes are not compatible with kindness, happiness and humaneness.
A tremendously well-crafted, marvelous book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant - and that must be my third time of reading it over the past fifteen years or so. To sum up: "Never a Dull Moment". Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. C. Watkin
fantastic read.. a great adventure story, a fascinating character study, and a gripping scenario. I am a fan of Theroux's work, and this is now my favourite book he has writtenPublished 5 months ago by Tim Gregory
One of Theroux's best, a classic that stands the test of time and illuminates father-son relationships, complicates our American ideas about progress, and confronts our ideas about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alaska Reader
Very engaging book... Just didn't like the ending but what else could have been "reality"?Published 9 months ago by Dave
A wonderfully complicated story about a man at odds with society, and himself. Allie Fox isn't your average American dad. He prefers to build, and live life on his own terms. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Bunce
This is not my first trip to the Mosquito Coast. It joins a handful of books that I read more than one time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BGZap